By Fred Kiva
Traffic Police is to intensify operations on roads to ensure compliance by drivers and other road users this festive season.
The police warning comes at a time when road carnage is on the rise, with accidents occurring on roads almost every week.
The latest accident involved Kabula County Member of Parliament and former Primary Healthcare Minister, James Kakooza on Sunday in Kiruhura district. The legislator’s car knocked a bodaboda killing the passenger on the spot. The incident came barely three days after another fatal accident in Buvuma district which left seven people dead.
In a statement, Police Spokesperson Emilian Kayima observes that road accidents could escalate during the festive season as the population gets excited. Kayima reveals however that Police is up to crack on errant drivers and other road users to ensure no lives are lost in road accidents during the Christmas and New Year festivities.
“The Directorate of Traffic and Road Safety will intensify traffic operations with a view of ensuring that we minimize road accidents,” Kayima said in a statement issued on Monday.
“As a result, Fika Salaama operations will be intensified along the highways to deliver safety on roads,” he added.
The Police Spokesperson warned that during the enhanced traffic operation, vehicles found with unpaid EPS (Express Penalty Scheme) tickets will be impounded and drivers apprehended. He urged drivers to promptly pay EPS tickets to avoid falling victim. Kayima also cautioned motorists against flouting traffic lights and applying more lights on their vehicles which he said often cause accidents.
“The traffic police on top of using Fika Salaama to ensure safety on roads, will continuously and vigorously carryout operations to ensure that vehicles that are road worth are the only ones on the roads,” the Police Spokesperson said adding that they will also employ “breath analyzers for the drink drive operations, use permit readers to ensure that all drivers are authorized by law to drive.”
Safety on Water
Following the recent boat tragedy on Lake Victoria where 33 revelers drowned, the police also issued tough guidelines for water transport, including inspection of all boats and vessels to ensure they are of good standard.